These statistics are for the purposes of monitoring general trends. Due to the nature of helicopter operations, and
the way that these statistics are recorded, the numerical values will not always match.
helicopter operations data for 2017
All helicopters flying in the London (Heathrow) and London City Control Zones (CTRs), are subject to an Air Traffic
Control (ATC) clearance and particular visibility minima. In the main, pilots navigate by visual reference to ground
features with only limited ATC Radar assistance.
Single-engined helicopters are required to fly along designated helicopter routes. These routes have been selected
to provide maximum safety by avoiding flying over built up areas as much as possible. However, it should be noted that
multi-engine helicopters can be provided with an ATC clearance to transit on more direct routes through the CTRs.
The Police and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operate multi-engined helicopters, but their
operations are subject to special requirements associated with the nature of the tasks they are performing. Therefore,
Police and HEMS helicopters may need to operate at lower altitudes or hold over specific locations.
2007-2017 monthly and annual
London helicopter routes diagram
View the helicopter routes in the London Heathrow and London City CTR
Diagram extracted from the UK AIP.
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